A new junior high school meant to integrate all junior high students in Corner Brook is facing construction delays and may not be ready to open this fall.

Instead, the school board will be implementing a backup plan that will see all the students moved out of the former Regina High School to GC Rowe Junior High.

Darrin Pike, CEO of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, said there are a number of things that still need to be done to get the mega-junior high ready for students and staff.

Darrin Pike

Darrin Pike, CEO of the province's English school district, says there's still no set date for when the new junior high school in Corner Brook will be ready to open its doors. (CBC)

"The gym is still being worked on, there's certainly a considerable amount of mill work that's being worked on, painting, cosmetics … there is still a lot of work. There is a lot of work done, but there is still a lot of work to be done," said Pike.

According to Pike, the school board hasn't decided for sure where students will go until the new junior high is ready, but they need to let staff know as soon as possible.

"Obviously our teachers will be home summer time, so we have to let them know early enough that they get ready for a potential move to GC Rowe, and then another move again when the [new] school is open," he said.

Putting students in GC Rowe will mean they will have to move twice in one year.

Pike said it's come down to a waiting game for the school board to see when the new junior high will actually be ready.

"The Department of Education funds the project, Transportation and Works manage the project, and the best analogy is we are the home owner waiting for the keys to be turned over," said Pike.

He added that he's hopeful the move into the new school will happen before Christmas break, during the October long weekend.